Harry Reid’s New Burden

“Nothing so strongly impels a man to regard the interest of his constituents, as the certainty of returning to the general mass of the people, from whence he was taken, where he must participate in their burdens.” George Mason is quoted as saying during the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 17, 1788.

And as you know by now, Nevada Senator Harry Reid has decided to call it quits and saying he’ll not seek reelection in 2016.

During the 32 years Reid’s served in Congress the debt of the federal government has grown $16,955,289,814,977.42. That equals an increase of about $145,131 for every household in the country.

When Reid was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1982, according to the ‘Monthly Statement of the Public Debt’ for December 1982, the total public debt of the federal government was $1.97 trillion. As of March 25 of this year, the latest day for which debt numbers are available, the federal debt was $18.152 trillion.

That means the federal debt’s increased jus’ under $17 trillion. That increase, when applied to the current $155,378 debt carried by every U.S. household, means that 93 percent of that debt came during Reid’s tenure.

Now, Reid, whose personal wealth has grown since he’s been in Congress, will walk away with a taxpayer-funded pension of nearly 70 percent of his senatorial base pay, which is jus’ over $200,000. So it begs the question: what burden does Reid share with the ‘general mass of the people?’

It must be nice work, if you can get it.

Progressive Education: Banning the Flag and Honoring Terrorists

In a letter to James Madison, dated November 30, 1785, George Washington wrote, “We are either a United people, or we are not. If the former, let us, in all matters of general concern act as a nation, which have national objects to promote, and a national character to support. If we are not, let us no longer act a farce by pretending to it.”

What a difference 230-years make.

Recently, six-members of the Associated Students of University of California Irvine (ASUCI) voted to ban the American flag from the campus. And when other student leaders stood up against the ban, a group of university professors signed a letter showing their solidarity with students.

“U.S. nationalism often contributes to racism and xenophobia, and that the paraphernalia of nationalism is in fact often used to intimidate,” reads the letter.

Following the vote, ASUCI president Reza Zomorrodian said, “It’s an attack on American values. A lot of people want to come to the United States for a reason — it’s because of the freedoms we have.”

Thankfully, wisdom prevailed, and the resolution was overturned.

Now, a black student organization at the University of California at Berkeley is demanding the university rename a building on campus after Assata Shakur, a former Black Panther, convicted cop killer and the first woman named to the FBI’s Most-Wanted Terrorist List. But to members of the Black Student Union at Berkeley, she’s an “icon of resistance within oppressed communities (who) represents black resilience in the face of state-sanctioned violence.”

These demands should come as no surprise to anyone as a 1989 study by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching found 70 percent of the professors in the major liberal arts colleges and research universities considered themselves liberal.

The same study found most professors at major universities do little teaching. Their primary activity is research funded through agencies, like the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the USDA, and others.

Furthermore, many students are supported by government-subsidized loans and grants. The U.S. Department of Education says about a third of all students at public, four-year colleges and universities, and half the students at private colleges and universities, receive financial aid from the federal government.

Perhaps it’s time to federally defund colleges and universities and place the impetus of education at the feet of the local community that the institution serves.

Remaining True to Self

Simply put: I refuse to engage in rumor-mongering. Someone can say all the nasty things they want about me – but I will not return the favor.

Recently, I went for job interview and discovered I am being ‘bad mouthed’ by another person. When I was asked to ‘explain’ my side of the story, I responded with, “Let’s jus’ say neither of us is perfect, and much of it comes down to a personality conflict.”

Needless to say, I didn’t get the job. C’est la vie.

What Comes After Harry Reid Leaves

Having come down with pneumonia, I’m supposed to be in bed recuperating and not at the computer screen as I am now.  But I jus’ couldn’t stay away after hearing that Senator Harry Reid would retire in 22-months.

My thoughts raced ahead to the near future and I see a rather bleak picture as Reid’s exit is timed to create greater dysfunction in Washington D.C.

First, Reid, ever the troublemaker, has endorsed New York Chuck-You Shummer for his leadership position despite Senator Dick Turbin being next in the line of ascension.  Reid’s selection isn’t a surprise as Chuck-You is slightly more Progressive than Turbin.

If there is to be a battle, this is where it’ll really be waged. And it will be great sporting fun to watch the Progressives in the Democratic party tear themselves apart trying to figure out jus’ how Progressive they want to be seen.

Back in his home state — my home state — Reid has pointed a shaky finger at Nevada’s former States Attorney General, Catherine Cortez Masto as the person best equipped to fill his vacating seat. If she accepts, her candidacy would come with baggage — she is a Democrat after all.

On the other hand, the Nevada GOP has a candidate primed and as Progressive as Reid was when he started in national politics 30 years ago. That would be Nevada’s current Governor, Brian Sandoval, who is no stranger to quitting a job to climb ‘the ladder of success,’ by one more rung.

Finally, with Hapless Harry stepping down, that means Nevada’s junior Senator, Dean Heller will automatically fill the gap. A promising Constitutional stalwart, Heller has slip a few Progressive gears since becoming a Senator.

So, alas, when it’s all boiled down, nothing will have really changed for Nevada and that means the same for the U.S.

FOIA Be Damned and Full Delete Ahead

President Obama hailed his administration for its transparency in February 2014, saying “This is the most transparent administration in history.”

Too bad his message got lost in the email.

The White House is now exempting its Office of Administration from the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) saying office doesn’t have to comply with the law because it only provides administrative support and business services to the president’s executive office.  The rule change means there’ll no longer be a formal process for the public to ask that the White House voluntarily disclose records as part of what’s known as a “discretionary disclosure.”

Furthermore the White House said it was not allowing a 30-day public comment period, and so the rule change is final. It’s because of a FOIA request that it was discovered Hillary Clinton’s “personal” government-business emails were not stored on a federally operated server.

The timing of the announcement amounts to another ‘optics’ problem for the White House as President James Madison’s birthday, March 16th is known as ‘National Freedom of Information Day.’ The White House did not respond to questions about the timing of the official rule change, but did note that Obama won an award from the organizing groups of Sunshine Week in 2011 for his policies.

Don’t worry though, because at least in theory, we’ll be able to see all of Obama’s “personal” government-business emails beginning in January 2021.

The Many Scandals that Make-up Hillarygate

Hillary Clinton claimed she used a private email address and server as a matter of convenience, not wanting to use two cells. But during a women’s conference in Santa Clara, California, Hillary said she uses two cell phones.

“I want to ask the big question — iPhone or Android?” the interviewer said.

“iPhone! Okay, in full disclosure — and a Blackberry,” Hillary responded.

Hillary also used an iPad during her time as secretary of state under President Obama, which was not cleared by the administration because it was not considered secure. But she’s been involved in scandals before including a Y2K one aptly named ‘Email-gate.’

The White House email system in the year 2000 apparently contained a glitch that allowed thousands of emails to escape record, many of which were evidence to other Clinton scandals, becoming the basis for Hillary’s first email scandal. The nature of this glitch was allegedly undisclosed in order to hide email evidence from investigators.

In 1978 and 1979, Hillary engaged in a series of trades of cattle futures contracts. Her initial $1,000 investment had generated nearly $100,000 when she stopped trading after ten months, leading to what would become known as the ‘Cattlegate.’ Many believed it to be a bribe, camouflaged as futures trades, from Tyson Foods Inc.

In March 1992, ‘Whitewater scandal’ began with investigations into the real estate investments of Bill and Hillary Clinton and their associates, Jim and Susan McDougal, in the Whitewater Development Corporation, a failed business venture in the 1970s and 1980s.

Deputy White House Counsel Vince Foster was found dead July 20, 1993. He was distraught at the prospect of being grilled about the shady affairs of Hillary Clinton.  His death was ruled a suicide. Hillary later ordered the shredding of Foster’s documents in the Rose Law Firm.

The ‘Castle Grande Land-flip Scandal’ was a scandal within a scandal involving real estate development project in Arkansas. It came into National news as a result of the Whitewater investigations. In 1994, the Castle Grande billing records were subpoenaed, but were not produced at that time.

In 1996, Hillary was accused by the Senate Special Whitewater Committee of ordering the removal of potentially damaging files related to Whitewater from Foster’s office on the night of his death and telling aides to lie about their removal. A year and a half later, a White House employee, found the billing records in the private quarters of the first family, right outside Hillary’s private office.

“Travelgate’ became news in May 1993, after Hillary had seven employees of the White House Travel Office fired in order to give the pricey travel business to her Hollywood pals, Linda Bloodworth Thomason and Harry Thomason. The White House finally releases more than 2,000 documents on June 25, 1996, on the travel office firings, originally requested two years prior by congressional investigators.

During 1994 investigation into ‘Hillarycare,’ a federal judge ordered a trial to find out if Hillary’s heath care task force illegally operated in secret. It was discovered she has speculated in Health Care industry futures while overseeing legislative reform of same, failed to correct false testimony by co-defendant Ira Magaziner in Health Care trial and ordered members of the Health Care Task Force to shred documents that were the target of a court probe.

Dubbed the ‘Drug Dealer Donor Scandal,’ it involved convicted drug trafficker Jorge Cabrera. He made $20,000 donation to the Clinton’s campaign and was invited to the White house in December 1995 without Secret Service present.  Cabrera was asked for a campaign contribution while in hotel in Havana, by Vivian Mannerud, a Cuban-American businesswoman from Miami.

The money was returned and after a few weeks, the story stopped making news.

‘Filegate’ arose in June 1996 around improper access in 1993 and 1994 to Federal Bureau of Investigation security-clearance documents. Craig Livingstone, director of the White House’s Office of Personnel Security, improperly requested, and received from the FBI, background reports concerning several hundred individuals without asking permission.

‘Chinagate’ was an effort by the People’s Republic of China in 1996 to influence domestic American politics prior to and during the Clinton administration and also involved the fund-raising practices of the administration itself. The Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C. was used for coordinating contributions in violation of U.S. law forbidding non-American citizens or non-permanent residents from giving monetary donations to U.S. politicians and political parties.

Federal investigators later concluded that China made off with the “crown jewels” of our nuclear weapons research under Clinton’s open-door policy. Commerce Secretary Ron Brown, who served as Clinton’s front man in many Chinese deals died suddenly in a suspicious April 1996 plane crash.

Reminiscent of ‘Chinagate,” Norman Yung Yuen Hsu, a convicted pyramid investment promoter, and major Democratic donor gave nearly a million dollars to Hillary’s 2008 campaign. She was later forced to return more than $800,000 in Hsu-linked contributions in the scandal that soon became known as ‘bundlegate.’

In 2013 Hillary found herself embroiled in yet another scandal. This time it was her use of propaganda to mislead the public about the circumstances of the Benghazi terrorist attack on the American embassy in Libya that left four Americans dead.

“Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night and decided they’d go kill some Americans,” Clinton tritely screech. “What difference – at this point, what difference does it make?”

If elected in 2016, we’re sure to find out.

Phil Parriott, 1984-2015

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The first time I read the news I’m about to convey, it came through a series of ‘drunk messaging’s,’ through Facebook. I didn’t take it too seriously because as I said before, the guy messaging me, admitted he was intoxicated.

Then this morning, I received another ‘Facebook message,’ from some one who is close to the family. It was then that I reacted with: Oh. My. God.

News Talk 780 KOH Assistant Program Director Phil Parriott died in a single vehicle accident in Cedarville, California on Saturday morning.  He’s survived by his parents Sandra and Sam Parriott and sisters Jaime and Jillienne Parriott,

Funeral Services are scheduled for Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 12 noon at Ross, Burke and Knobel Mortuary, 2155 Kietzke Lane in Reno.  Phil was jus’ 29-years-old.

Protecting Obama’s So-called Legacy

Democratic operative James Carville, who worked on the presidential campaigns of both Bill and Hillary Clinton, said Hillary’s use of a private email account during her time as Secretary of State was legal and because she was trying to avoid congressional oversight.

“I suspect she didn’t want Louie Gohmert riffling through her emails, which seems to me to be a kind of reasonable position for someone to take,” Carville said, referring to the Texas Republican congressman. “So, just like everything else before it, it amounts to nothing but a bunch of people flapping they jaws about nothing.”

The scandal is now being traced back to leaks from a key senior Obama advisor: Valerie Jarrett. The New York Post’s Ed Klein claims Jarrett was careful to leak sensitive information about Clinton’s tenure to contacts outside the White House, to deflect any connection to the Obama administration.

“My contacts and friends in newspapers and TV tell me that they’ve been contacted by the White House and offered all kinds of negative stories about us,” Bill Clinton reportedly said, according to one of the former president’s friends. “The Obama’s are behind the email story and they’re spreading rumors that I’ve been with women, that Hillary promoted people at the State Department who’d done favors for our foundation, that John Kerry had to clean up diplomatic messes Hillary left behind.”

Jarrett also requested that the State Department start a series of investigations into Hillary’s conduct while at the agency.  Both she and President Obama fear that if Clinton becomes president, she’ll end many programs Obama initiated.

Indiana Congresswoman Susan Brooks is calling for Hillary to pass on the email server that hosted her private address, and not jus’ copies of the relevant electronic messages.

“Right now there is no way for us to know whether we have all of the State Department communications that rightfully belong to the American people. The only way to truly know is by having access to Secretary Clinton’s personal server,” Brooks said. “That is why we are asking Secretary Clinton to turn her server over to a neutral, third-party arbiter.”

Clinton claims she has no plans to turn over the server and that all work-related emails are in the hands of the State Department. The House Select Committee has issued a subpoena for Hillary’s server following the original email revelations.

Case of Missing Eureka Teen Gets New Life

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Detectives searching for Karen Mitchell are interested in talking to Manhattan real estate heir Robert Durst in the disappearance of the 16-year-old.  Karen vanished on November 25, 1997 after volunteering at a homeless shelter in Eureka, California.

At the time of her disappearance a command center was set up in a donated room at the Eureka Inn and since, stacks of papers on the case fill more than 30 volumes and stands over six-feet high. Law enforcement has combed through every lead given to them including the driver of a car that had slowed to speak with a girl resembling Karen the day she disappeared.

The car, a light blue 1977 Ford Granada, ultimately failed to get a solid lead.  It wouldn’t be the first time.

There was a caller, who claimed to have heard details of Karen’s kidnapping and murder and a letter to the Times-Standard from “Topaz,” who said police should try looking behind Taco Bell and Bayshore Mall. A search of the area found nothing.

Police said that after leaving the shelter, Karen walked over to the Bayshore Mall to visit her aunt, Annie Casper, at her shoe store. Then she left for her aunt’s home, and has not been seen since.

At the time, Annie and Bill Casper were both well-known in the business and law enforcement communities; Annie owned Annie’s Shoes, while Bill worked as the supervisor of the state Department of Justice crime lab in Eureka. She moved to Humboldt County from Southern California when she was 13.

The day Karen disappeared she had been filling out college applications. She was planning to go to Humboldt State University and was interested in politics, especially involving the environment, and in children.

In 1999, officers interviewed confessed serial killer Wayne Ford after he walked into the sheriff’s department carrying a female breast in his pocket, telling officers he had killed a woman. In the end, investigators could not connect him to Karen’s case.

In 2004, police set off on the largest land search since she disappeared. Investigators and cadaver-sniffing dogs inspected a fence line near Truesdale Street and another along Hilfiker Lane, looking for clues.

Durst lived in Trinidad at the time and visited Casper’s store, while dressed in drag, at least four times. Durst was recently arrested in New Orleans and is charged with murder in Los Angeles and has been suspected but never charged in the disappearance of his first wife in New York.

In 2003, he was acquitted of murder in a dismemberment death in Texas.  Durst is also a person of interest in the disappearance of 18-year-old Kristen Modafferi, who vanished on June 23, 1997 after leaving work in San Francisco.

The Progressive Name Game: Daesh

While everyone’s heard of ISIS or ISIL, there is a new name for the group gaining popularity and supposedly the radical Islamic terror group hates it. This new name — Daesh — is already starting to be used by governments officials.

“In less than three months, the international community has come together to form a coalition that is already taking important steps to degrade and defeat ISIL, or Daesh,” SOS John Kerry said from NATO headquarters in Brussels in December 2014.

Say what?

Daesh, pronounced Die-esh, apparently comes from the Arabic name with which ISIL refer to themselves, “al-Dawla al-Islamiya fi Iraq wa al-Sham.”  The claimed hate at being called Daesh is that its supposedly like the verb ‘Daes,’ which means “one who crushes something underfoot.” It also sounds like ‘Dahes,’ or “one who sows discord.”

On the surface, this is yet another Progressive ploy at word play as revealed by France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius: “This is a terrorist group and not a state. I do not recommend using the term Islamic State because it blurs the lines between Islam, Muslims and Islamists.”

We need to stop trying to reinvent the enemy by altering its name to avoid offending the very people who’re dedicated to destroying us.

Obama, Congress, ISIL and War

President Obama is trying to force his foreign policy on our next President by creating ‘a third term.’ The very week that ISIL beheaded 21 Coptic Christians, Obama sent an “Authorization for the Use of Military Force” to Congress restricting our fight against the radial Islamic group.

So what’s in Obama’s AUMF?

— Authorization to use force against the Islamic State and any related group.
— No restrictions on where in the world.
— No authorization to conduct “enduring offensive ground combat operations”.
— The Authorization would automatically end after three years unless Congress reauthorizes it.
— It repeals the 2002 AUMF for Iraq.

That appears to be what we’re doing now, under the old AUMF. And, it’s clearly not enough as ISIL keeps advancing, killing men, women and children in Iraq, Syria, and Libya.  This includes ‘sub-sets’ of people like Christians and homosexuals.

If enacted Obama’s AUMF would keep the next president from waging a ground war against ISIL until 2018.  Also, by having his AUMF passed by Congress, Obama will be able to claim he’s ‘acting’ under the terms of the agreement approved by Congress.

Finally, this AUMF, with its new controlling terms is unconstitutional.

Obama appears to on the verge of creating a precedent that would have Congress lessen the commander-in-chief’s use of force. And while Congress has the ability to “declare war,” it doesn’t have the power to limit the president in the execution of such a declaration.

The framers of the Constitution put all executive power into a single official office commonly referred to as the Commander-in-Chief or President.  So, if Congress approves Obama’s AUMF, it will permanently cripple that framework.

Meanwhile, Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey all recently pressed for congressional approval of the AUMF.

Itchy Ears

The truth doesn’t seem to mean much to those who claim the mantle of national leadership these days. Worse yet, it appears to matter even less to those who follow those same so-called leaders.

‘If you like your healthcare,” President Obama promised, “you can keep your healthcare.”

While hundreds went to Selma, Alabama to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the march across the city’s Edmund Pettus Bridge, MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry said it wasn’t about celebrating ‘voter rights.’

“Folks who are clearly out here marching because they believe that reproductive rights continue to be threatened in this country, and particularly in the South,” Harris-Perry said. “This is truly motivated by what the president has called, and, of course, in quoting Martin Luther King, Jr., ‘the fierce urgency of now.’”

Then there is Hillary Clinton, who claimed ‘convenience,’ as the reason she used a private e-mail account to conduct State Department business.

“Looking back, it would have been better for me to use two separate phones and two separate e-mail accounts,” Clinton said. “I thought using one device would be simpler. Obviously, it hasn’t worked out that way.”

Finally, Senator Harry Reid issued a message to the 47 Senate Republicans who signed onto a letter to Iranian leadership, instructing them on how our U.S. Constitution works.

“I’m disappointed that some of my Republican colleagues are destroying the long tradition of bipartisanship in defending Israel and stopping Iran from getting a nuclear weapon,” Reid said. “We’re witnessing a fundamental test of Republicans’ ability to govern. They’re treating nuclear negotiations as a chance to play political games.”

With such tripe being bantered about it’s not hard to think about how 2 Timothy 4:3-4 reads: “For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.”

Activist Gloria Steinem said it best for the Progressive who may be reading this: “The truth will set you free — but first it will piss you off.”

Tax Reform at the End of Obama’s Pen

President Obama has already enacted amnesty through executive fiat and now, he’s eyeing unilateral tax increases. This comes after a self-described democratic socialist and Vermont Senator, Bernie Sanders called on Obama to raise more than $100 billion in taxes through IRS executive action.

As the ranking minority member on the Senate Budget Committee, Sanders wants executive action if Congress refuses to pass his version of tax reform.  Sanders’ letter calls on Obama to close these “tax loopholes:”

— The Check the Box Loophole
— The Hewlett-Packard Loophole
— The Real Estate Investment Trusts Loophole
— The Corporate Inversion Loophole
— The Carried Interest Loophole
— The Valuation Discount Loophole

The problem with Sanders’ request is that is fails to acknowledge the relationship between Congress and Treasury. The department has no more power than Congress delegates to it.

But if Obama can handout work permits, Social Security numbers, and driver’s licenses to millions of illegal aliens, then tax increases would be easy as White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest points out: “Now I don’t want to leave you with the impression that there is some imminent announcement, there is not, at least that I know of. But the president has asked his team to look at the array of executive authorities that are available to him to try to make progress on his goals.”

Those actions, according to the Congressional Budget Office, will raise federal deficits by $8.8 billion over the next ten years. Meanwhile, unconcerned with deficits, Obama wants more tax reporting too – but few are talking about this.

Businesses that purchase more than $600 worth of goods or services from a contractor would have to get that contractor’s Taxpayer Identification Number and check it with the IRS. If it doesn’t check out, the business would have to withhold from 15-percent to 35-percent of the payment, sending it off to the IRS, doubling or tripling the reporting obligations of small businesses.

The timing of Sanders’ letter and Earnest’s response should be a wake-up call to leaders in Congress as this nation fought a revolution, in part, because of taxes levied by a despot.

Fed’s to Continue Consolidating Power

The Obama administration is proposing a new government agency dedicated to keeping the nation’s food safe. It would merge parts of the Agriculture Department and the Food and Drug Administration within the Department of Health and Human Services.

The proposal comes after outbreaks of illness linked to chicken, eggs, peanuts and cantaloupe. More than a dozen federal agencies oversee food safety, and consumer advocates have long called for giving it a single home.

Currently, the Agriculture Department oversees the safety and inspections of meat and processed eggs and the Food and Drug Administration oversees safety of most other foods. The new agency would coordinate with state and local health departments, a job that is now mostly handled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In 2010, Congress passed a sweeping food safety law that gave the government new powers to inspect processing plants, order recalls and impose stricter standards for imported foods. It also requires stricter food safety standards on farms and in manufacturing plants.

Despite this, the CDC estimates that there are 48 million food borne illnesses a year from contaminated foods. More bureaucracy is the answer every time.

The Shadow Town of Toulon

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The abandoned mill buildings in Toulon date from 1892. The main building housed a ball mill used to process tungsten as well as precious metals.

Unlike most other mining sites, the original mill is still standing — it’s the large, two-story metal building next to the railroad tracks. The ruins are on private property and the owners are extremely protective of the site.

As you approach the site from I-80, you’ll happen upon a set of railroad track. Jus’ before crossing them you see a sign the reads, “Rail Road Cross.”

Make certain to read the entire sign because at the bottom, it also states, “No Trespassing.” Unfortunately for me, I thought that meant the tracks as the signage is clearly the property of the rail road company.

None-the-less, I discovered in short order that I had broken the cardinal rule of rural Nevada – I failed to ask permission before I drove passed the three or four RV trailers parked at the town’s entrance. I drove right by the man who would eventually come to tell me I had goofed.

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I was only able to snap three frames of the mill before having to beat-feet back to the Interstate.

“Inside the towering tumblers and their attached furnaces are precariously supported by warped floorboards seemingly held together with decades of pigeon droppings,” reports one person fortunate enough to look inside.

Toulon, which appears named for a French seaport was founded in 1917 following construction of a large mill to treat tungsten, gold and silver ore mined at Nightingale. The mill was used sporadically over the years.

Tungsten was discovered in the Nightingale district in 1917, and enough was found that they hauled it down to the mill at Toulon, 40 miles to the southeast. In the early 1930’s they built a 100-ton concentrator on site but it never got much of a workout.

The name “Nightingale,” can be traced to Captain Alanson W. Nightengill (the name was corrupted on state maps), the first State Controller and a survivor of the 1860 Pyramid Lake Indian War.

While not as romantic or exciting as gold, tungsten has its uses, and was particularly important during wartime. Its uses in high-speed metal-working equipment, steel, armor, and armor-piercing shells made tungsten a vital war commodity.

Tungsten was in such short supply during the way that the War Production Board mandated that all replaced automotive ignition points be returned to salvage the tungsten in them. Tungsten production was intermittent until World War II, but then slowed down again until about 1956, when interest petered out altogether.

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Because I was very apologetic, I’ve been invited to return to speak with the towns owner about possibly touring the site, this time with his permission.

Nevada Lawmakers Consider Raising the Minimum Wage

Senator Tick Segerblom is sponsoring SJR 8, which would raise the minimum wage to either $15 or $16 an hour depending if the employer offers health insurance.  Segerblom and a number of his Progressive pals claim the change is necessary because the current minimum wage isn’t livable.

The minimum wage in Nevada is 8.25 an hour if the company does not provide health insurance. If the company does include health insurance then the starting wage is 7.25 an hour, which is still a dollar more than the set federal minimum wage.

Nevada’s minimum wage compares with California at $9, Oregon, $9.10, and Washington, $9.32. The cities of Seattle and San Francisco have increased their own rates to $15 and hour.

But this has brought about a not-unforeseen problem.

On February 2, Borderlands Books in San Francisco on Valencia Street announced it will close March 31, citing the recently approved minimum-wage increase as the main reason. A day earlier and a block up the street, a restaurant called ‘The Abbot’s Cellar’ served its last customers, pointing at the $15 minimum wage in its decision to close.

Further north, Seattle’s looming $15 minimum wage seems to be costing the city its restaurants. The Washington Policy Center writes that (restaurant) “closings have occurred across the city, from Grub in the upscale Queen Anne Hill neighborhood, to Little Uncle in gritty Pioneer Square, to the Boat Street Café on Western Avenue near the waterfront.”

This isn’t simply a political problem; it’s a serious math problem. Then again with the implementation of Common Core across Nevada, in a few short years no one will be able to recognize a ‘math problem.’

The Angels Among Us

“When angels visit us, we do not hear the rustle of wings, nor feel the feathery touch of the breast of a dove; but we know their presence by the love they create in our hearts,” Mary Baker Eddy.

An 18-month-old baby who survived after her mother’s vehicle veered off the road and landed upside down in a river has captured headlines in recent days, but there’s a mysterious element to the story. Lily Groesbeck was found alive in an overturned car after a crash in which the vehicle plunged into a river in Spanish Fork, Utah.

It was not until 14 hours after the crash that a fisherman stumbled upon the car and alerted emergency personnel. Rescuers rushed down to the car, four police officers all say they heard the same thing: a voice calling out, begging for help.

But they can’t explain who that voice was, because the baby’s mother, Lynn Groesbeck, died shortly after impact, and the voice they heard was too mature to be the toddler.

It brings to mind Jesus’ baptism in Matthew 3:17 where God’s voice was heard, “And behold! There was a voice out of the heavens saying “this is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased.” There were those who heard the voice, others who heard ‘thunder,’ and still others who heard nothing.

“When we all talked together, I said, ‘Was I the only one that was hearing this?’ thinking that I was hearing things,” Tyler Beddoes, one of the officers who rescued the toddler, explained. “And when I talked to the other officers, we all had heard the same thing, a voice saying, ‘Help us. Help me.'”

He added that he’s been laying awake at night thinking: “For two nights I’ve laid awake trying to figure out exactly what it could be. All I know is it was there, we all heard it. It was extra motivation.”

Another officer described the same thing.

“The four of us heard a distinct voice coming from the car,” said Officer Jared Warner. “To me, it didn’t sound like a child’s voice.”

Backing up his comment was fellow rescuer Officer Bryan DeWitt.

“It felt like I could hear someone telling me, ‘I need help,’” DeWitt added. “It was very surreal, something that I felt like I could hear.”

The officers say the calls for help pushed them to work even harder to right the car. After they flipped the vehicle, they discovered only a deceased woman and her child, inside.

“We were just able to push the car onto its side. How, I don’t know, whether it’s adrenaline or what. But it was incredible,” Dewitt continued. “As I grabbed the little baby out of the car seat, as I pulled her head up, I could tell that there was some life in her. I could see her eyes open.”

Lily remains in hospital and her family says she’s going to be okay. Police are still trying to figure out what caused the accident.

As 13th Century theological thinker, St. Thomas Aquinas wrote: “To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.”

The Gap in Hillary’s Emails and Credibility

Congressman Trey Gowdy, chairman of the special House committee investigating the terror attack on Americans in Benghazi, says they’ve received more than 800 pages of emails from Hillary Clinton’s private email account, but not all of them.

“There are gaps of months and months and months,” Gowdy said.

He points to a trip Clinton took in October 2011: “And if you think to that iconic picture of her on a C-17 flying to Libya, she has sunglasses on and she has her handheld device in her hand — we have no e-mails from that day. In fact, we have no e-mails from that trip.”

“So, it strains credibility to believe that if you’re on your way to Libya to discuss Libyan policy that there’s not a single document that has been turned over to Congress,” he adds.

Gowdy also said it’s not up to Clinton to decide what emails should be part of the public record.

“With respect to the president it’s not up to Secretary Clinton to decide what is a public record and what’s not,” Gowdy finished.

President Obama then added his two-cents to the debacle by attempting to side-step any knowledge of Clinton’s use of the private email system to conduct business.

“When did you first hear that Hillary Clinton used an email system outside the U.S. government for official business while she was secretary of state?” CBS’s Bill Plante asked.

Obama answered, “At the same time everybody else learned it through news reports.”

Press Secretary Josh Earnest was left to clean-up Obama mess, admitting the President was aware of Clinton’s private email address usage.

“The point that the President was making is not that he didn’t know Secretary Clinton’s email address. He did. But he was not aware of the details of how that email address and that server had been set up, or how Secretary Clinton and her team were planning to comply with the Federal Records Act,” Earnest asserted.

Clinton’s email domain was hosted by a company whose data was hacked in 2010, with information being sent to Ukraine and that the domain was hosted at one point in the British Virgin Islands. Examining the registry information for “clintonemail.com” reveals the domain was first created January 13, 2009 — a week before Obama was sworn into office, and the same day Clinton’s confirmation hearings began before the Senate.

Where Sleeping-in Trumps the Working Man

There was a time in this nation when we celebrated the working man. Now we try to punish them in favor of more shut-eye.

A sanitation worker in an Atlanta suburb had been sentenced to 30-days in jail for starting work before 7 a.m. Kevin McGill, employed by Waste Management Inc., in Sandy Springs, Georgia, violated the city’s ordinance for keeping noisy work from waking people up.

After picking up trash jus’ after five one morning, police arrested McGill, who had never been to jail or even appeared in the court. His employer also suspended him for violating its policies, saying it was “…investigating all the facts in the case.”

When McGill appeared in court, he did so without his attorney. Since it was his first offense, he expected nothing more than a fine.

After pleading ‘no contest,’ to the charges, Prosecutor Bill Riley asked the judge to sentence McGill to 30 days in jail. McGill was ordered to serve his sentence over the next 14-weekends, so he could maintain his weekday job.

Riley did the same thing to another sanitation worker for the same thing last year. He says 9-1-1 lights up when trash collectors come before 7 a.m.

On its website, under ‘Top 10 Tips for Calling 9-1-1,’ the National Emergency Number Association states, “An emergency is any serious situation where a law enforcement officer, fire fighter, or emergency medical help is needed right away.”

“You do not use 9-1-1 for calls that are not in progress,” warns CenCom911.net. “Examples for this would be barking dog complaints, noise complaints, parking complaints, vehicle lockouts (unless a child is locked in the vehicle) or a theft that is delayed.”

However, after the story hit social media it caused an international outcry and the charges against McGill  were suddenly dropped.

The Sandy Springs Solicitors Office released a statement saying, “‘In retrospect, the actions of the court with regards to Mr. McGill’s sentence for violating the city’s noise laws, was disproportionate to a first-time offense. As such, the court has amended its sentence to time served and further probation suspended.”

It’s amazing what happens to injustice when it’s dragged out into the bright sunlight of truth.

Want to Foster a Child? Give Up Your Gun!

The silence from Progressives is deafening as a Nevada couple’s been told they can’t adopt a 12-year-old child because they have legal concealed-carry permits. Brian and Valerie Wilson asked the Assembly Judiciary Committee to approve a bill that would allow them to carry loaded weapons and serve as foster parents.

In testimony to the committee in support of Assembly Bill 167, the couple said their attempts to get a variance from a state regulation prohibiting the carrying of loaded weapons with foster children was denied. Current rules require guns and ammunition to be stored separately in secure containers in homes with foster children.

According to news reports, State Senator Kelvin Atkinson who also has a conceal-carry permit, and his life partner Sherwood Howard, are looking at becoming foster parents. Conceal Carry holders have to pass background checks and take courses to get licensed, they have already been scrutinized and shown they are responsible people.

The bill would allow Nevadans with concealed-weapons permits, to carry loaded weapons on their person in a home or car and still be eligible to be foster parents. If not carried on their person, the weapons would be required to be kept in a secure safe, but they could stay loaded.

Deputy administrator of the state Division of Child and Family Services Jill Marano said a computer search turned up 16 incidents over the past four months in which children were involved in the accidental discharge of a loaded weapon. Michael Knight, assistant director of Clark County Family Services, also spoke in opposition, citing the facts presented by Marano.

The committee took no action on the bill. And so far, there’s been no sign from same-sex adoption activists, though they insist “all children deserve a loving home,” that they’re rushing to the aid of the Wilsons.

Fort Hood Heroes to Finally get Purple Heart

The radical Islamic terrorist and former U.S. Army Major, who murdered fourteen people (this includes an unborn baby) at Fort Hood in 2009 has been sentenced to death. But because the military justice system requires a lengthy appeals process, it could be years or even decades before he’s executed.

Strangely — all the major media outlets overlooked this news.

Shortly following the shootings, the Obama Administration labeled the attack “workplace violence” and not an act of terrorism. That meant the casualties of the attack and their families couldn’t collect important benefits.

The designation would have put them in the same classification as someone killed or wounded in combat.

Now, after six years, those injured or killed in the attack will receive their Purple Hearts in April. The Army determined the shooting should be considered an attack because the shooter “was in communication with the foreign terrorist organization before the attack.”

The National Purple Heart, State Purple Heart and Secretary of Defense Medal for the Defense of Freedom will be presented to the families of those heroes on April 10. But don’t expect President Obama to be on hand for this ceremony.

Hopefully, Obama won’t commute this terrorists’ sentence or pardon him entirely.

“Black Lives Matter,” Falls Short

Three law enforcement officers lost their lives recently.

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Philadelphia Police Officer Robert Wilson III died after being shot in head at video game store.

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Fulton County, Georgia police Detective Terence Avery Green died after being shot in the head by a suspect.

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Highland Park Police reserve Officer Roderick Jones died after being shot while working as a security guard at a club.

Meanwhile, we hear nothing about these officers deaths and all about the fatal shootings of unarmed blacks by a white police officers.  If the race-baiters really meant what they claim, that #BlackLivesMatter, why are we not hearing their voices crying out for justice in the cases of Wilson’s, Green’s and Jones’s murders?

A Fish Tale

Then Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:19 (NKJV)

For years the Progressive movement in the U.S. has been doing it’s best to undercut tradition. Nothing brings this point home than the symbol of the fish.

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The ichthus was used by the early church as a secret Christian symbol and is now generally known as the “sign of the fish.” Ancient Christians, during their persecution by the Roman Empire in the first few centuries after Christ, used the fish symbol to mark meeting places and tombs, or to distinguish friend from foe.

“According to one ancient story, when a Christian met a stranger in the road, the Christian sometimes drew one arc of the simple fish outline in the dirt,” writes Elesha Coffman in ‘Christianity Today.’ “If the stranger drew the other arc, both believers knew they were in good company.”

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On the other hand, the Darwin fish is an ichthus symbol with “evolved” legs and feet attached. Designed in 1983, the Darwin fish was first used on a leaflet by ‘Atheists United’ in 1984.

The Enigma of Hillary’s Personal Email Address

Hillary Clinton used a personal email account exclusively to conduct government business as Secretary of State, violating federal requirements that officials’ correspondence be retained as part of the agency’s record. Clinton didn’t have a government email address during her entire four-year tenure at the State Department.

Her aides took no actions to have her personal emails preserved on department servers at the time, as required by the Federal Records Act, when Clinton stepped down from the secretary’s post in early 2013. Then in response to a new State Department effort to comply with federal record-keeping practices, Clinton’s advisers reviewed tens of thousands of pages of her personal emails and decided which ones to turn over to the State Department.

Meanwhile her aides continue talking about a possible April date for the launching the Democratic front-runner’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Under federal law, letters and emails written and received by federal officials are government records and must be kept so that congressional committees, historians and the news media can find them. Only 55,000 pages of emails were released.

As the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza asked, “Clinton turned over 55,000 pages of e-mails, but who decided what emails to turn over and which not to?”

Now former State Department officials are denying suggestions that Clinton’s use of a private email address violated federal law.

“Both the letter and spirit of the rules permitted State Department officials to use non-government email, as long as appropriate records were preserved,” stated Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill.

Clinton’s email address was hdr22@clintonemail.com; the handle seems to refer to her maiden name as she was born Hillary Diane Rodham. The number ‘22’ is drawing speculation across the entire spectrum of the media as no one seems to know the number stands for.

Its fun to note — Monica Lewinsky was 22-years-old when she began an affair with then-President William Jefferson ‘B.J.’ Clinton, Hillary’s husband.

While Watching the Other Hand

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the U.S. that it was negotiating a bad deal with Iran that could spark a “nuclear nightmare,” drawing a rebuke from President Obama. Netanyahu made his case against Obama’s Iran diplomacy in a speech to Congress.

Obama responded from the Oval Office, declaring Netanyahu had offered “nothing new.”

“The alternative that the prime minister offers is ‘no deal’, in which case Iran will immediately begin once again pursuing its nuclear program, accelerate its nuclear program without us having any insight into what they are doing and without constraint,” he said.

However, Iran’s foreign minister rejected Obama’s claim that a 10-year nuclear deal offered the best hope of avoiding an atomic-armed Tehran. Mohammad Javad Zarif was speaking in Switzerland, where he and Secretary of State John Kerry are meeting to set up a framework for a deal to rein in Tehran’s nuclear program by a March 31 deadline.

Shortly after Netanyahu’s speech, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate would begin debating on a bill next week that would force Obama to send any final nuclear deal with Iran to Congress for its’ approval.

“We think the timing is important,” McConnell said. “We think it will help prevent the administration from entering into a bad deal. But if they do, it will provide an opportunity for Congress to weigh in.”

But all this appears to be a smoke-screen for what was really happening on Capitol Hill…

The House approved funding for the Department of Homeland Security through September, after initial attempts by the GOP to make funding contingent on blocking actions on immigration last November by Obama in which he bypassed Congress. The final bill passed was a Senate measure, stripped of language attacking Obama’s executive order lifting the deportation for millions of illegal aliens.

It’s Arizona Congressman Matt Salmon, who perhaps said it best: “If we aren’t going to fight now, when are we going to fight back?”

Je Suis S-N-L, No?

“It ain’t no fun once the rabbit has got the gun,” writes M.G. Hardie in his book, “Everyday Life.”

A Saturday Night Live parody about a father who drops off his daughter to join ISIS stirred outrage.  The recorded segment was a parody of the recent ‘My Bold Dad’ commercial for Toyota, where a dad gets tearful when he drops his daughter off to for military duty.

While its presumed she’s going off to serve her country, a pickup truck pulls up with bearded men carrying black flags similar to those of ISIS, which reportedly read, “We only want brains,” and “I love cats.”

“Looks like your ride’s here — you be careful, okay?” states the father.

“Dad, it’s just ISIS,” the daughter says as she trots off to the armed men filled truck.

Then one of the members says: “Death to America,” as the father asks them to take care of his little girl. The faux-commercial ends with the words “ISIS, we’ll take it from here, Dad” on screen.

The skit came as three major international stories were breaking; three British schoolgirls travelling to the Middle East to join ISIS, three men from the U.S. arrested on charges of plotting to travel to Syria to join ISIS and the unmasking of ‘Jihadi John.’

It may have offended viewers — but unlike the staff of the French magazine, “Charlie Hebdo,” no one died as a result of a poorly timed skit. Besides, it’s S-N-L, pushing the envelope of Progressive ideals for over 40-years.

The Obama Administrations Continued War on the Military

April is ‘Sexual Assault Awareness Month’ in the U.S. military.

Last year, the Department of Defense prepared a 136-page, write-up titled, “Report to the President of the United States on Sexual Assault Prevention and Response,” at a cost of over $9.2 million. For the amount of money spent on it, one might think sexual assault in the military is an epidemic.

However, it’s not.

You’d never know this though, had you only read the December 3, 2014 article, “Reports of Sexual Assaults in Military on Rise,” in the New York Times: “A new military study says that reports of rapes and sexual assaults in the military increased eight-percent in the fiscal year ending September 2014, Obama administration officials said.”

“More than 5,400 sexual assaults were reported in 2014,” it added, “compared with around 5,000 the year before, officials said.”

However, the 2014 presidential report shows sexual assaults down 4.3 percent, from 6.1 percent two-years before.

Unfortunately, what has gone up are the reports of sexual assaults. In 2012, there were 3,604 reports of assaults and in 2014 that figure increased 50 percent to 5,518 reports.

Furthermore, all three military service academies showed declines in the number of sexual assaults during the 2013-2014 school year. About eight-percent of females and one-percent of males reported experiencing unwanted sexual contact, compared to more than 12-percent for women and two-percent for men in 2012.

Meanwhile, U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno, while speaking at this year’s ‘Sexual Harassment/ Assault Response and Prevention Summit’ in February continues to toe the Obama Administration line, claiming, “Anybody who thinks we don’t have a problem should reassess.”

‘Person of Interest’ Identified in Missing Humboldt Women’s Cases

NBC’s online series “Missing in America” is looking into the case of two Humboldt County, California women who vanished over a year ago: Danielle Bertolini and Sheila Franks. The two went missing within days of each other in February 2014.

Now, Fortuna Police Chief William Dobberstein confirms that there’s a connection between the two disappearances.

“Both cases are ongoing investigations,” Dobberstein said. “We’re working with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department closely and following all our leads, but yes, we have identified a person-of-interest in both cases and it’s the same man.”

“We aren’t releasing his name at this time,” Dobberstein added.

Danielle was last seen in Fortuna in the Campton Heights area, while Sheila was last seen in Eureka. Despite a 14-year age difference, both women have blond hair, blue eyes, are similar in appearance and build, and travel in the same social circles.

New Year; New Charges against Harry Reid

Still recovering from an alleged smack down given to him by his exercise equipment at the start of the new year, Nevada Senator Harry Reid is now accused of illegally using official Senate resources for political purposes. The accusation was filed in a complaint by the ethics watchdog group, Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT.)

“Senator Reid’s actions appear to make a mockery of both the Senate Ethics Rules and federal law,” the complaint states. “He reportedly announced his reelection campaign from the confines of an official Senate meeting room located mere steps from the Senate floor.”

A recent Politico story describing the meeting between Reid and Senate Democrats says Reid kicked off the meeting by assuring his colleagues that he will run for reelection in 2016.   Reid spokesman Adam Jentleson, when asked to respond to the complaint, retorted: “do you mean a story taking it seriously?”

The complaint against Reid is the second filing produced by the group. The first one alleges campaign finance violations by the Democratic Party, eight of its state-level affiliates, the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, the Barack Obama presidential campaign, two top Democratic data vendors, and 382 Democratic congressional campaigns.

Beyond the Chalk and the Colors

It is so easy to lead people down paths they never thought they’d walk.

For instance, take these Indian Hindu devotees smeared with colors as they visit the Nandagram temple, famous for Lord Krishna and his brother Balram, during Lathmarholi festival, in Nandgaon, India.

It’s innocent enough, as there is nothing wrong with a person celebrating their religious beliefs. However, consider these Color Run participants throwing colored chalk up in the air after completing the 5K race in Fair Park in Dallas, Texas.

We American’s tend to absorb other cultural traditions and rarely stop to see where they may have come from or what they could really mean. I’m not saying ‘chalk runs’ are a bad thing — I’m jus’ asking that you think about the similarities between the two events.

Going to the Dogs in Nevada

“Some dogs cannot hold their licker,” goes the old joke.

All kidding aside, Nevada State Senator John Settelmeyer has introduced a bill allowing individual bar owners admit dogs into their establishment if they’d like too. At present, Nevada laws forbid dogs in bars or restaurants unless they’re service dogs.

“Fundamentally,” said Settelmeyer, “…it comes down to a matter of property rights to an individual business…”

Settelmeyer introduced SB 105 at the request of Karen Woodmansee, editor of the Virginia City News in Storey County. The bill may seem trivial at first, but on second look, it’s anything but.

The bill is about letting bar owners decide what’s best for their businesses and not on what the government dictates. Nevada health department officials plan to oppose the bill, saying dog hair and bodily fluids might cross-contaminate food or drink, unruly dogs could bite patrons, and employees would have to be trained on how to safely interact with the dogs.